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University of Plymouth
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Plymouth University is a public university in the city of the same name in the south-west of England. It is the 15th largest in the country based on student numbers and is one of the largest employers in the area. It began as a polytechnic institute composed of a number of different institutes including the Rolle College and the Exeter College of Art and Design then became a single entity in 1989. It gained full university status in 1992.
Around 10% of the student body are from outside the UK with around 100 countries represented. There is a team of international student advisors on hand to help with the transition to life in Plymouth and are available through a dedicated centre. There is also an English language centre for those wanting to work on their skills with the national language and a series of information for applications on the website including by country. There is also help on matters such as immigration and visas, working during studies and bringing family members to the country. Extracurricular activities are managed through the Student Union as well as support and advice services and a number of entertainment venues. In the main union building, there is a bar, a lounge and a private event room that has a dance floor and regular live DJs. There is also an advice centre ranging from financial to academic advice and two shops. The union organises a number of annual events including a summer ball and music events. There are over 100 societies on offer to involve students outside the classroom so there is something for all tastes. These range from academic and interest to cultural and faith groups as well as volunteering and fundraising opportunities, media and performing arts groups even politics and campaigning. There are an additional 50 sports clubs and teams including traditional sports such as swimming, football and rugby to newer sports and activities.
The university was originally spread across a number of locations around Devon but these have been gradually reduced and centralised. Most of the faculties are now based around the centre of Plymouth. A number of new buildings have been purpose-built for the university including the Roland Levinsky Building, containing the Faculty of Arts, a nine storey tall building that includes two lecture theatres, a cinema, rehearsal studios and a public art gallery. The Marine Building is a new facility that is home to the COAST Laboratories, the Marine Navigation Centre and the Marine Institute. Portland Square is home to the new library, laboratory facilities as well as halls of residence and the Business School. There is a dedicated Residence Life Team on hand to help students with all aspects of their accommodation including advice and support with matters about being away from home as well as finding the right place to live. All first year undergraduate students over 18 are guaranteed accommodation within the halls of residence, of which there are now six within the main campus area. There are another six spread around the larger city and another connected with the university but offering direct lets.
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